So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life- not because of anything we have done, but because of his own purpose and grace. (2 Timothy 1:8,9 NIV)
Considering Paul’s Damascus road experience, days as Saul fueled Paul’s passion for Christ. He was not ashamed of the gospel. His second letter to Timothy urged him not to be ashamed. Once we experience God’s light and audible voice, we grow confidence acknowledging Him as Lord. Do you remember your salvation experience? From quiet pews to bottom of pits, God’s hand reaches far and deep to save. He is not only our Savior, He’s our Redeemer, Restorer and Rewarder.
Sadly, many Christians never move beyond points of salvation. Attending church is more a duty. No thoughts stir of a holy life, because hearts stay hardened, ears do not hear, and eyes do not see. I wonder how many individuals clap at the end of worship songs for the musicians verses honoring God with praise. In order to know the difference, our minds focus on Jesus. As we sing words, begin generating thoughts of Jesus- transferring words sung to praises for Him. We’ll feel our hearts flutter as we make this connection. There is nothing to be ashamed.
With the Holy Spirit stirring, God’s power begins working within. As we become more comfortable, God’s power works through us to an outward world. An amazing experience waiting to happen. Soften hearts to understand, open ears to hear and eyes to see. Closer we draw near to Christ, closer He draws near to us. Those who seek, find. When we knock, the door opens. We have to be willing to knock. Let’s start praying now for Sunday church services. May hearts soften to understand. May God experience a massive invasion of individuals drawing near to Him. How exciting!